Lola Montes Schnabel is art royalty to some. Daughter of Julian Schnabel, the mind who directed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, is finally sprouting her own wings. Trying her hands at art, she rented out a room at the Chelsea Hotel a few years to squeeze out her own personal inspiration. Lola graduated from Cooper Union in 2008 and began to appear in group shows around town in mixed mediums – painting, photography, video works, and iodine works on paper.
Flash forward a few years to today. This month, we see her first solo painting exhibition in the United States, entitled “Love before Intimacy”. The five paintings created last year all share a five-color palette. Launched December 16th in New York City, the exhibition contains an episode of a narrative with androgynous youth encountering each other on a remote Greek island. They depict a time of love before sexuality, with the nude youths, occasionally shrouded in sheepskins, romping playfully about the teal and tan landscape.
In addition to Lola’s self-restricted use of 5 colors, she continues to keep her mediums mixed. Not just paint but asphalt, plaster weld, and copper plating solution are part of her bag of tricks.
To view “Love before Intimacy”, visit The Hole Gallery at 312 Bowery in New York from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you’re living in New York and zipping out of the city for holidays, make a note that the exhibit runs through February 4th, 2012. If you’re visiting New York for Christmas, you’ve arrived just in time. Happy viewing.